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GOING DEEP: The home runs that Vance Worley allowed to David Wright and Lucas Duda marked just the second time in his young career that he allowed more than one home run in an outing. Last year, Worley surrendered only 10 home runs in 131 2/3 innings for a solid average of 0.7 per nine innings. The only other time Worley allowed more than one home run in an outing was his final start of 2011, when Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos and second baseman Danny Espinosa both took him deep.
Worley finished his second start of the 2012 season after six innings, departing with eight hits, four runs (all earned), four walks and five strikeouts. He threw 99 pitches, 57 of them for strikes. Heading into the ninth inning, he is in line for the loss (Mets 4, Phillies 0 top 9th).
THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING WALK-RATE: Barring one of those come-from-behind victories the Phillies are known to pull off, I think I'm going to focus my gamer on the Phillies' paltry walk rate. Heading into tonight, they had walked in just 4.8 percent of their plate appearances, the second-lowest rate in the National League. Through five innings tonight, they have no walks. While much of our focus has been dedicated to their lack of power, one of the hallmarks of the Phillies during their salad days was their ability to get on base even when they weren't hitting well. (Mets 4, Phillies 0, bot. 6th)
Below is the Phillies' walk rate since 2006, with their NL rank in parantheses. I've also included their runs per game (rank in parantheses).
|Year||BB/PA % (NL Rank)||Runs/Game (NL Rank)|
|2012||4.8 (15)||2.86 (14)|
|2011||8.6 (6)||4.40 (7)|
|2010||8.9 (4)||4.77 (2)|
|2009||9.3 (8)||5.06 (1)|
|2008||9.3 (5)||4.93 (3)|
|2007||9.8 (1)||5.51 (1)|
|2006||9.6 (2)||5.34 (1)|
MUSHED 'EM: Remember Mush from Goodfellas? Guy ever bet on something, that something was sure to fail? I guess I mushed Vance Worley, because after I hit send on the item below pimping his performance against left-handed batters, Worley went on to allow three hits and two walks in his next five plate appearances against lefties, including a two-run home run by Lucas Duda that gave the Mets a 4-0 lead. My bad. One other note: Duda was 0-for-15 on the season before the home run. (Mets 4, Phillies 0)
LOOGY? ROOGY? WOOGY? Last postseason, there was a lot of talk about whether the Phillies needed to carry a second lefty reliever on their roster. Turns out, they already had one. Check out Vance Worley's career stats against lefties heading into tonight's start against the Mets:
277 AB, 77 SO, 28 BB, .191 BAA, .265 OBPA, .300 SLGA
Worley used a wicked sinker to freeze lefties throughout his rookie season, and he shows no signs of deviating from that plan. Already he has struck out Lucas Duda and Jon Niese looking at the pitch. Worley struck out the side in the third, although two of them were of the swinging variety. (Mets 1, Phillies 0, bot. 3rd)
NEW RULE: Any base-stealer who decides that his best chance at beating out the throw from home is to turn around and go back to first shouldn't be stealing in the first place. For the second straight night, the Mets had an ROTFL base-running display. This time, it was Jason Bay, who took off from first during a Kurt Nieu-somethingorother at-bat in the second inning, but stopped halfway and headed back to first as Brian Schneider threw to second. Bay was out. (Mets 1, Phillies 0, top 3rd)
WORLEY ALLOWS HOMER (Mets 1, Phillies 0 bot. 1st): David Wright made a surprise return to the line-up today and wasted little time making his presence felt, blasting a solo home run on a first-pitch fastball that Vance Worley appeared to leave up in the zone and over the plate. Worley also allowed a solo homer in his first start of the season against the Pirates. The Phillies will once again be playing from behind.